Kemeriya Mohamed stacking harvested wheat, Kechema village, Dodola district, west Arsi zone, Ethiopia.<br/> Photo: ©CIMMYT/P. Lowe


The Sustainable Intensification of Maize-Legume Cropping Systems for Food Security in Eastern and Southern Africa (SIMLESA), led by the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), could be successfully ended,...more

Organic farming


A survey by Germany’s University of Göttingen demonstrates that only a combination of organic and conventional cultivation methods can guarantee a globally sustainable agriculture.more



Convincing smallholdings of the benefits that more efficient cultivation methods offer is seen as one of the greatest challenges on the way to a form of agriculture that can really feed the world. A Chinese project of unique...more

Participants of the first international “Landscape 2018” conference in Berlin. <br/> Photo: © Tony Haupt


The central role of agricultural landscape research in achieving the UN sustainability goals was in the focus of the first Landscape Forum organised by the German Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research.more



The potential of so-called underutilised crops for human nutrition and as a source of income for poor farmers in the Global South was discussed at the Elsevier International Conference on Global Food Security in Cape Town, South...more

The Taurus Mountains in Turkey are rich in basalt deposits.
Soil fertility


With a large-scale use of silicates as fertilisers, agriculture could achieve its climate targets, and soil erosion could be slowed down, suggest an international team of researchers in a new survey. As yet, however, the...more

Plant breeding


An international team of scientists have demonstrated for the first time that it is possible to speed up banana breeding using genomic prediction models that accurately select banana hybrids with desired traits. more

Plant protection


A new, faster, and more accurate way of identifying infectious organisms—down to their genetic fingerprint—could finally put farmers a step ahead of bacterial blight. more



A simple, sensitive and reduced cost paper-based bio-sensor with a low quantity of chemicals for the early diagnosis of malaria has been developed by Brazilian researchers. It detects falciparum malaria protein within 30 minutes....more

Plant breeding


Indian smallholder farmers could soon benefit from the growing confectionary peanut market, as the first-ever high oleic groundnut varieties adapted to India are ready for release.more

Climate change


Scientists are developing a new life cycle assessment method to calculate the CO2 footprint of agricultural products from crop rotation systems.more

Climate change


Global warming affects more than just plant biodiversity - it even alters the way plants grow. German scientists studied the mechanisms that control plant growth at high temperatures. In the future this could help breed plants...more



CGIAR is launching a new research programme to improve rural economies and nutrition through grain legumes and dryland cereals. more



Plastic bags are known to disrupt the environment. For instance, once in the soil, they slowly release toxic chemicals. When animals eat them, they often choke and die.more

Animal Health


Hope for bee-keepers all over the world: for the first time, researchers at the University of Hohenheim have discovered a drug that can be administered through the feed, with the potential for freeing attacked bee stocks from the...more

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